Let's take a step back from fray and examine real target in Iraq...what are inspectors really looking for? The answer is: what they have received from US - West's own exports - such as dual- use equipment used for manufacturing of weapons of destruction. This was supplied with blessing of US Commerce Dept...$1.5-b worth of dual-use goods.
The inspectors have destroyed a good deal of equipment imported in 1990s, but much still remains. The West's companies and governments are more guilty than most people remember. Following is a listing of some of items received from West:
Nassr State Enterprise - Helped extend range of Iraq's SCUD missiles so they could strike US troops in Saudi Arabia and Israelis in Tel Aviv.
- Also helped Iraq's secret effort to enrich uranium.
- Machine tools and high-speed computers: Leybold Vacuum Systems, Hewlett Packard (US); Matrix Churchill Ltd., MEED International (UK); Heinrich Mueller GmbH (Germany); International Computer Systems (UK) - Components and know-how for a plant intended for missile production: Anlagen Bau Contor (Germany) - Missile guidance components: Inwako, C. Plath (Germany)
- Equipment to make missile combustion chambers: H&H Metalform, Leifeld and Co. GmbH (Germany)
- Magnets for centrifuges for enriching uranium: Rhein-Bayern Fahrzeugbau GmbH & Co KG (Germany) - Magnets for calutrons for enriching uranium: Voest-Alpine AG (Austria)
- Turbopumps for engines of SCUD missiles: Thyssen Maschinenbau GmbH (Germany)
- Glass fiber plant useful for making rocket motor casings: Matrix Churchill Corp. (US/UK); Glass Inc. International (US) Al-Qaqaa - Developed explosive lenses for nuclear weapons - High-speed computers: Cerberus, Perkin Elmer Corporation (US) University of Mosul - Site of Iraq's major missile development center
- Research on chemical and nuclear weapons - Equipment for enhancing satellite images: E.Z. Logic Data Systems (US)
- Infrared electronic imaging equipment useful for aerial reconnaissance and missile tracking: International Imaging Systems (US)
- Computers and mass spectrometers useful for nuclear weapon work: Finnigan-MAT (US) Al Kindi - Modification and production of SCUD-B/Al Hussein missiles